Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has reportedly agreed an extension to his contract with the club, with a further option to extend again based on his performances in the 2015/2016 season.
It’s a significant piece of news for Gunners everywhere because the Spaniard is one of the most experienced members of the current squad and it has a possible knock on effect in terms of transfer targets being linked with moves to the Emirates.
“The Spanish midfielder, whose current deal expires next summer, will put pen to paper on an agreement than runs until 2016,” reports Goal.
“Goal has learned that under the terms of the deal the 32-year-old will be entitled to a further extension beyond next season if he makes a certain number of first-team appearances in 2015-16.”
That means that Arsene Wenger could retain Arteta and continue using him to protect Arsenal’s back four for at least the next two seasons.
That could cause Arsenal to miss out in terms of two top quality holding players who have been linked with moves to the club looking ahead to this winter and next summer’s transfer windows.
Southampton ace Morgan Schneiderlin has just said that he wants to play for a big club and he could be on the move next summer if the Saints don’t maintain their impressive start to the season and qualify for the Champions League.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has just hinted that another potential target for Arsenal, Sami Khedira, could leave the Bernabeu this January.
Khedira’s current deal expires at the end of the season and Real Madrid’s only option, in terms of getting a fee, is to sell him in January or risk watching him walk away for nothing at the end of the season.
There is room for Arteta to rotate alongside a new player coming into the holding midfield role at Arsenal but fingers crossed this isn’t a sign Arsene Wenger is going to watch two top class targets head off and join the club’s main rivals.